Salman Rushdie

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Originality is dangerous.

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Sometimes great, banned works defy the censor's description and impose themselves on the world - 'Ulysses,' 'Lolita,' the 'Arabian Nights.'

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Salman Rushdie

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Certainly, poverty and economic decline have a lot to do with the so-called rage of Islam. You've got all these young men in countries which are economically in bad shape. The idea that they might be able to make a good living and get married and have a family, a decent life, seems very remote to a lot of people in a lot of the world.

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Salman Rushdie

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If the creative artist worries if he will still be free tomorrow, then he will not be free today.

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   Today
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The West sees Iran as an important force in the gulf.

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Salman Rushdie

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A novel, I think, is partly about the contemporary and partly about the eternal, and it's the balance of that that's difficult to achieve.

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Salman Rushdie

   Balance
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The publishing of a book is a worldwide event. The attempt to suppress a book is a worldwide event.

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Every time you finish a book, you have a terrible feeling that there's just never going to be another one. But fortunately, so far, the next one has always shown up.

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All my adult life, if I didn't have several hours a day to sit in a room by myself, I would get antsy and irritable.

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The thing I really like about Twitter is the speed with which information reaches me. You find out things from Twitter long before they're on the news. That, I think, is valuable.

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The Republicans were not always insane. They might've had politics I didn't agree with, but they weren't always actually certifiable.

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Salman Rushdie

   Politics
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It's true that the human body is more vulnerable than the products of the human mind.

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Salman Rushdie

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One of the strange things about violent and authoritarian regimes is they don't like the glare of negative publicity.

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Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace.

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Salman Rushdie

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The great concern is that year after year, rising numbers of journalists are being killed in pursuit of their work. They are increasingly seen as not being neutral but rather as combatants by one side or the other.

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The Koran was revealed at a time of great change in the Arab world, the seventh-century shift from a matriarchal nomadic culture to an urban patriarchal system.

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Out-of-step intellectuals like Noam Chomsky and the deceased Edward Said have often been dismissed as crazy extremists, 'anti-American,' and in Mr. Said's case even, absurdly, as apologists for Palestinian 'terrorism.'

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Dissensions between Muslim nations run at least as deep, if not deeper, than those nations' resentment of the West.

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Pakistan is alarmed by the rising Indian influence in Afghanistan, and fears that an Afghanistan cleansed of the Taliban would be an Indian client state, thus sandwiching Pakistan between two hostile countries. The paranoia of Pakistan about India's supposed dark machinations should never be underestimated.

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Rohinton Mistry's celebrated novel 'Such a Long Journey' was pulled off the syllabus of Mumbai University because local extremists objected to its content.

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Salman Rushdie

   Journey